Chelsea To Battle AC Milan For Barcelona Signing
Maurizio Sarri is hoping to boost his midfield ranks in that January transfer window by signing a player from Barcelona, however the Premier League side are in pole position for one reason.
Life under Maurizio Sarri has started pretty well for Chelsea. The Blues are once again following their usual pattern of 'new manager does well, then does badly, get sacked and new man comes in to start well' and repeat.
After 14 Premier League games the Blues have lost just once and sit in third place, an improvement on last season, and Sarri has them playing better football than under fellow Italian Antonio Conte.
Of course the one loss was to Spurs and it did ask questions of just how far the Blues have come under their new boss and how much further they've got to go under the former Napoli manager.
In the summer Sarri was able to sign Jorginho and Kepa whilst Mateo Kovacic came in on loan. However it seems that they still want to bring in another midfielder.
According to the Express Chelsea are eyeing up a January move for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez and they have competition from Serie A side AC Milan.
The report says that the former Premier League champions are hoping to sign Suarez for £45 million in January whereas Milan only want the midfielder on loan for now.
Barca are more inclined to sell the player for cash now, rather than have to wait for the summer under Milan's loan now, pay later deal.
The 24 year old has only appeared twice for the La Liga champions so far this season and wants to leave the Camp Nou, he would certainly get more football at Stamford Bridge.
Suarez has been in England previously when he was at Manchester City but failed to break into the first team on a regular basis before going back to Spain.
Sarri has been using N'Golo Kante in a more attacking role and came in for a lot of criticism for suggesting the Frenchman couldn't play in a deeper role.
Against Fulham last weekend Kante helped set up Chelsea's first goal because he was more advanced, soon he may have more competition for his place though.